I can’t be the only one that takes joy in earning “side money.” Whether it’s doing mindless tasks to earn a couple dollars here-and-there or maximizing my cash back offers, I’m always looking for new ways to earn money.
If you’re like me and you don’t mind giving up a few minutes of your day each day to earning a few extra dollars, here’s a list of things you can do to start earning money simply doing everyday things.
Taking paid surveys while watching a TV show or movie.
After a long day, sometimes I just want to relax by getting in bed and putting on a TV show or movie. They don’t usually require my complete attention so I use this time to take paid surveys. It’s basically like I’m getting paid to watch Netflix.
For a couple minutes of my time, I can earn anywhere from $0.25 – $1.50 depending on which surveys I complete. There are many sites that provide paid surveys, but you need to look through each site and sort through the surveys to figure out which ones are worth your time and which aren’t. You don’t want to spend 10 minutes on a survey only to end up making a penny, right?
As I mentioned, there are many sites out there that will pay you to participate in surveys. Here’s a few of the ones I use:
- SwagBucks – Aside from their surveys, you can earn SwagBucks by doing other things, like signing up for offers, watching ads, or playing games. Sometimes you may not be qualified to take a survey, but they still offer you a few SwagBucks for trying.
- PrizeRebel – Like SwagBucks, PrizeRebel offers a ton of surveys. You can also sign up for offers, watch ads, or play games to earn points. I find it easier to earn points on PrizeRebel than SwagBucks, but that may just be my experience.
- Amazon Mechanical Turk – Unlike SwagBucks or PrizeRebel, Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) only offers surveys (HITs). When you start out with MTurk, you’ll only be able to qualify for a few HITs. As you start racking up HITs, your options of HITs start to open up. There are some pretty interesting surveys on this site so definitely check it out.
- CrowdTap – In terms of enjoyability, I find CrowdTap surveys to be more enjoyable than the other sites on this list. It takes longer to earn points towards prize redemption, but that’s balanced out with the better survey-taking experience.
Receiving additional cash back for shopping.
If you don’t have a cash back rewards credit card for shopping, you’re doing it wrong. Even if you do have a cash back credit card, you’re probably not maximizing your cash back potential by earning additional cash back with the help of Ebates.
Ebates is a company that offers their users cash back for shopping at any of their GIANT list of participating stores. You can earn anywhere from 1% to 25% cash back depending on what’s being offered. The cool thing is that the amount of cash back offered by these stores is always changing. It can be 1% cash back today, but it might increase to 5% cash back tomorrow. Combine what Ebates has to offer with your cash back rewards credit card to maximize your money-saving!
Earning Amazon credits for going on walks.
Imagine living in a world where you are paid to walk around finding hiring signs. Actually, there’s no need to imagine because there’s already an app that does that: Jobspotter by Indeed.com.
Whenever I mention Jobspotter, people think it takes a lot of work and effort to find these hiring signs. That’s not true. Depending on where you live, you may be overlooking a bunch of these signs. I live in a city so there are hotspots of mom-and-pop shops and cafes looking to hire people. When I’m at work or out running errands, I just keep an eye out for these signs. I’m surprised sometimes by how many I could find just by actively looking for them.
Keep in mind that the only way to “cash out” of Jobspotter is by redeeming in Amazon credits. Most people shop on Amazon anyway so it shouldn’t be a problem, but if you don’t, you should start. They’re free Amazon credits!
Every little thing counts.
Earning a few cents for a minute of your time may not seem worth it, but it all adds up. For example, if you were to make a dollar for spending 15 minutes of your lunchtime taking surveys or going on a walk, over the course of a week, you’d have an extra $5 in your pocket. That’s a free cup of coffee for doing mindless tasks! Who wouldn’t like that?